Tech – for Everyone

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Things Change (And Heartbleed)

The fact that “tech” has changed our lives is patently obvious. And talking with people, it’s pretty clear that the rate of that change has not always been .. a comfortable thing.
(The “Average Joe” really doesn’t understand geometric growth, and/or Moore’s Law.)

I came of age back in the days when there were only 4 – 6 television stations (which were tuned in by moving “rabbit ears” antennas); before there were ATM machines or cell phones, and a bicycle with TEN speeds was kinda a new idea, so, yeah, I know. Things change.

So the following items do not surprise me, really.

Aereo signals cloudy future for broadcast TV

Whether the New York-based streaming remote DVR service lives or dies at the hand of the Supreme Court, the future for television programming is firmly seated in the Cloud.Read more..

No more (free) over-the-air TV?

Maybe not a bad thing.. they’re called “idiot boxes” for a reason.

The price of popularity: Cloud security threats near on-premise levels

Hackers are now targeting cloud-based apps and systems almost as much as on-premise environments, particularly with so-called brute force attacks and vulnerability scans.Read more..

[The line I found most interesting.. “found that 14 percent of malware collected through the honeypots was considered “undetectable” by 51 percent of the leading antivirus software providers“.. Not good.]

What can you do about Heartbleed? By now, the Poindexters in the basement should have ‘patched’ their ‘servers’. So we can now do the one thing to try to protect our ‘identities’ – change our login passwords at the sites that collect PII (Social networking sites, ecommerce sites, and online banking sites, for example.)
But first, verify the patches have been applied by visiting and enter the URL of the website in question.

Today’s quote:We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” ~ Winston Churchill

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April 23, 2014 - Posted by | advice, cloud computing, computers, consumer electronics, hackers, Internet, News, tech | , , , , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. Things change. True. But they shouldn’t change this much.

    News from The Associated Press

    What Scalia had to say:

    The Court’s opinion serves up a freedom-destroying cocktail consisting of two parts patent falsity: (1) that anonymous 911 reports of traffic violations are reliable so long as they correctly identify a car and its location, and (2) that a single instance of careless or reckless driving necessarily supports a reasonable suspicion of drunken­ness. All the malevolent 911 caller need do is assert a traffic violation, and the targeted car will be stopped, forcibly if necessary, by the police. If the driver turns out not to be drunk (which will almost always be the case), the caller need fear no consequences, even if 911 knows his identity. After all, he never alleged drunkenness, but merely called in a traffic violation—and on that point his word is as good as his victim’s.

    Drunken driving is a serious matter, but so is the loss of our freedom to come and go as we please without police interference. To prevent and detect murder we do not allow searches without probable cause or targeted Terry stops without reasonable suspicion. We should not do so for drunken driving either. After today’s opinion all of us on the road, and not just drug dealers, are at risk of having our freedom of movement curtailed on suspicion of drunkenness, based upon a phone tip, true or false, of a single instance of careless driving.

    And it seems to go unnoticed in the stream of the memes, every day living and complaints… What has to happen before people sit up and notice they are loosing it all…..inch by inch…?!!!


    Comment by delenn13 | April 23, 2014 | Reply

    • delenn13,
      What has to happen? That’s a great question.

      I hate to say, History tells me that Man won’t notice something until it’s far, far too late.

      One example..

      “First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out—
      because I was not a communist;
      Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—
      because I was not a socialist;
      Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—
      because I was not a trade unionist;
      Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
      because I was not a Jew;
      Then they came for me—
      and there was no one left to speak out for me.”

      It’s a strategy known as “creeping incrementalism”, and why you never want to let the camel get his nose into the tent.


      Comment by techpaul | April 23, 2014 | Reply

      • Paul,

        You know…the fact that I might not last more that 15 or 20 years more is starting to sound pretty good. I just don’t want to see it if I don’t have to.


        Comment by delenn13 | April 23, 2014 | Reply

        • delenn13,
          We live in interesting times.

          And while I truly, sincerely, completely “get” that sentiment, I (also) believe we each have a role to play, and that we need faith and optimism in/for a global “awakening”, mass enlightenment, and a better tomorrow. (Maybe stop worshiping technology.. for starters.)


          Comment by techpaul | April 23, 2014 | Reply

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